Pfrimer's parakeet

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Pfrimer's parakeet
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Psittacidae
Genus: Pyrrhura
Species: P. pfrimeri
Binomial name
Pyrrhura pfrimeri
Miranda-Ribeiro, 1920

Pyrrhura leucotis pfrimeri

The Pfrimer's parakeet (Pyrrhura pfrimeri), in aviculture also known as Pfrimer's conure, is a species of parrot in the family Psittacidae. It is endemic to Goiás and Tocantins in Brazil. It is restricted to deciduous and semi-deciduous Caatinga forest.

It has often been considered a subspecies of the white-eared parakeet, as Pyrrhura leucotis pfrimeri. The split was based on range, differences in habitat and distinctive differences in plumage (it is the only member of the P. leucotis complex where the pale patch on the ear-coverts is greatly reduced). A recent study based on mtDNA has confirmed its status as a distinct species.

This parrot is classified as endangered by BirdLife International. The primary problem is the ongoing habitat loss within its already fragmented range, but capture for the wild bird trade also poses a potential threat.


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